Whereas mirrorless cameras speed up into the longer term, medium format fashions are hearkening unto the previous — and Hasselblad chief amongst them. Its new digital again matches lenses going again to the ’50s, and the tiny 907X digital camera physique is about as pretty a throwback as one can think about.

The brand new set of techniques, introduced right now, are considerably completely different from what most individuals are used to. Most interchangeable-lens techniques, like Canon and Nikon’s DSLRs and Olympus and Fujifilm’s mirrorless cameras, typically have two components: a lens and a physique, within the latter of which is discovered the picture sensor.

Hasselblad does make cameras like that, and actually launched a dandy-looking new one right now, the X1D II 50C (simply attempt to preserve monitor of those names). However the extra fascinating merchandise by far to me is the CFV II digital again and 907X digital camera physique.

Not like a standard DSLR, digital backs are basically simply big sensors; they match the place the medium format movie would have gone and gather gentle as a replacement. However in addition they want a digital camera unit to do the heavy lifting of parsing all these pixels — about 50 million of them on this case.

What’s good about that is that you would be able to connect a contemporary again and digital camera unit to a lens a long time outdated — you possibly can additionally connect a contemporary one, however why? A part of the enjoyable of medium format is utilizing tools from the distant previous, and capturing in some methods the identical means somebody may need shot a century in the past.

The system Hasselblad launched right now is among the most compact you’ll discover, packing all of the processing energy wanted into an enclosure that’s hardly greater than the lens itself. On the again of it’s a high-resolution touchscreen that flips out to 45 and 90 diploma angles, letting you shoot top-down or from an angle, just like the outdated days.

It could appear a mere nostalgia bid, but it surely’s an fascinating technique to shoot and is extra targeted on cautious composition than spontaneous captures. And brother, is it good-looking, as you possibly can see above. (The highest image exhibits the digital camera rotated so you possibly can see the display — usually it will face away from the lens.)

Pricing and availability are to be introduced, however this received’t be low cost — suppose within the $4,000-$6,000 vary for the 2 items.

I in all probability won’t ever personal one, however I’m glad to know that there’s a capturing expertise on the market that emulates the outdated medium format type so carefully, and never simply superficially. It’s a beautiful piece of {hardware} and if Hasselblad’s report is any indication, it’ll take pretty images.

Two weeks with a $16,000 Hasselblad equipment


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